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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. The Near East and Africa

Iran,   pp. 890-998 PDF (41.6 MB)

Page 891

                                IRAN                             891
   It is requested that the War Department be informed of your con-
currence in the continuation of present arrangements whereby the
disposal agency reimburses the War Department for the costs inci-
dent to care, handling, packaging, and preparation for shipment, in
so far as the Foreign Liquidation Commission is concerned.4 A copy
of a letter to War Assets Administration     on this same subject is
  Sincerely yours,                              ROBERT P. PATTERSON
  4The Secretary of State expressed his concurrence in these arrangements
a letter of January 21 to the Secretary of War (891.24/1-1547).
  rNot printed.
891.6363/1-1147: Telegram
     The Ambassador in Iran (Allen) to the Secretary of State
SECRET                             TEHRAN, January 11, 1947---3 p. m.
   22. Le Rougetel 1 has been to see me twice recently on subject of
"grave danger" of Majlis 2 refusal to grant Soviet oil concession3
(Department's 15, January 9 4). I agree fully that Iranians would
make serious error if they refused flatly to grant petroleum rights to
USSR under any conditions, as some anti-Soviet Iranians would now
like to do. However, I think we would make an equally grave mistake
if we went over to the other side and made representations which could
be construed by Iranians as pressure on them to grant such rights.
  I have informed both Shah 5 and Qavam6 that US does not object
in principle to Soviet petroleum interests in northern Iran and that
from economic and geographic point of view we recognize that normal
outlet for oil of northern Iran is to USSR. Moreover I have expressed
personal opinion that Saed 7 Government handled petroleum negotia-
tions with Soviets badly in 1944 and that they should not repeat this
mistake. Instead of informing Kavtaradze 8 in 1944 that Iran would
not consider any Soviet request for oil rights at that time, it would
have been better if Iranians had either asked for detailed Soviet proj-
  Sir John H. Le Rougetel, British Ambassador in Iran.
  'The Iranian Parliament.
  8For text of the agreement entered into by Iran and the Soviet Union in
1946, see telegram 485, April 9, 1946, from Tehran, Foreign Relations, vol.
p. 413; see also telegram 460, April 4, 1946, from Tehran, and footnote 72,
p. 405.
  "Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi.
  0Ahmad Qavam, Iranian Prime Minister.
  'Mohammed Saed, who resigned as Iranian Prime Minister on November 9,
1944. It was widely believed that his resignation was forced by Soviet pressure;
,see Foreign Relations, 1944, vol. v. pp. 456-472, passim.
  A Sergey Ivanovich Kavtaradze, Soviet Vice Commissar for Foreign Affairs,
who headed the Soviet delegation which came to Iran in September 1944 seeking
oil concessions for the Soviet Union.

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